In recent weeks I have written about new airline miles promotions that Hilton HHonors is running with British Airways Executive Club and Lufthansa Miles & More.
The BA version is generous – 1,500 bonus Avios on your first stay and 2,000 bonus Avios on the second. You don’t get anything after that.
The Lufthansa version works in another way. You build up to earning quadruple Miles & More miles from your 4th stay, with no limit to the number of qualifying stays.
The Virgin Atlantic version is – well, not better or worse, just – different.
This offer is only for you if you would prefer to take airline miles as part of your Hilton HHonors earnings, instead of a larger pile of Hilton points.
It covers stays from January 10th to March 31st. Virgin released the details two weeks after it started!
Registration is required via this website.
You will earn:
TRIPLE Virgin Flying Club miles (usually 2 per $1, now 6 per $1) on every stay in the promotional period
QUADRUPLE miles on every stay at these hotels in London
Remember that Hilton HHonors has two earning options. You can choose either:
‘Points & Points’ – 10 base and 5 bonus Hilton points per $1, or
‘Points & Miles’ – 10 base Hilton points and 1 airline mile per $1
As I value a Hilton HHonors point at 0.3p, it is always better to take the miles – you are looking at 1.5p of Hilton points versus 2p of Virgin miles. With this Virgin promotion, the miles are worth far more than the Hilton HHonors points. Triple miles means 6p of value per $1 spent.
This offer could work out very well. A typical £250 night in London would, excluding VAT, be ($325 x 8) 2,600 Virgin miles per night.
If you look at the Hilton website for this offer, it is not clear whether you can get the bonus just once or numerous times. In the small print it says you earn bonus miles “per each eligible stay” which implies you can earn it multiple times.
If your Hilton stays are generally short and cheap, you may want to register for the Avios promo and then switch to the Virgin one after your first two stays during the promotional period.
PS. Remember that you can convert Virgin miles INTO Hilton points in chunks of 10,000. This means that you could take the Virgin Flying Club miles and convert them back into Hilton – it would be better than taking ‘points and points’ from Hilton.
How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (December 2023)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Virgin Points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.
You can choose from two official Virgin Atlantic credit cards (apply here, the Reward+ card has a bonus of 15,000 Virgin Points):
You can also earn Virgin Points from various American Express cards – and these have sign-up bonuses too.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for a year and comes with 20,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 20,000 Virgin Points.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into Virgin Points.
(Want to earn more Virgin Points? Click here to see our recent articles on Virgin Atlantic and Flying Club and click here for our home page with the latest news on earning and spending other airline and hotel points.)